A former five-star recruit, Kahlil Whitney, after just one year at the collegiate level, will be testing his luck in the NBA. We’ve known that for about a month that Whitney was off to the pros, but he took the next step in making his NBA dream a reality.
Whitney has now signed with Versus Management team, according to Adam Zagoria. Whitney previously took to Twitter to make his decision official back in April.
“I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. I truly believe in my development and grind. I want to thank my coaches, fans, trainers and family for the ongoing support. My journey will be inspiring to kids and athletes all over the globe,” Whitney said via Twitter.
Let’s just say his outlook on the league will be less than ideal as he struggled through his freshman season, ultimately leaving Kentucky.
Originally a starter, Whitney was the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2019 via 247 Sports. He came in just a few points lower than Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky’s only potential lottery pick. However, the latter found success in Lexington, and the former’s struggles with the Cats may have cost him a top spot in the upcoming draft.
Whitney played 18 games with the Wildcats, starting eight of them. He averaged 3.3 points per game, but it was more about how efficient, or lack thereof, he was in the minutes allotted to him. Shooting 37.1%, Whitney quickly found himself as a reserve and then later opted to transfer but never actually entered the transfer portal.
Here’s to hoping Whitney finds success and satisfaction in his next adventure.